The 2017 Wemme Trophy for excellence and service to the sport of Vintage Racing was awarded to Dave Franks of Durham, Oregon.
Franks is well-known in the vintage racing community, and is a regular participant in SCCA, SOVREN, and other vintage racing events up and down the west coast.
Additionally, Franks is an SCCA steward, past board member of Oregon Region SCCA, and a member of SCCA's Vintage Committee.
On track, Franks is known for his sportsmanlike driving of his well-prepared 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite.
We have three regional events and one Super Tour event this year. Our first event is Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. Yes, this is Easter weekend. The reason is because it was the only weekend available in April at Portland International Raceway aside from the first weekend which conflicts with the San Francisco Region Majors event at Thunderhill. The April Double Regional schedule will allow for a Practice/Qualify/Race on Friday and a Qualify/Race on Saturday.
Our May 19-21 event is a Super Tour Majors. Our hope is that by having an earlier Majors event than previous years, we will see more support from those with a path to the National Runoffs.
Our June 10-11 event will be a Double Regional and we will finish our season with a Triple Regional on August 10-13.
NEW REGIONAL GROUPINGS
Due to lower car count for some classes which caused combined groups over the years we have assigned new group numbers.
2 SRF, SRF3
3 VFSR, VP1, VP2, VP3
4 AS GT1 GT2 GT3 ITE SPO SPM
5 T1 T2 PCA1 PCA2 PCA3 PCA4 SP911 SP944 B-Spec EP FP HP GTL STL STU T3 T4 CP1 CP2 CP3 ITA ITB
ITC ITJ ITR ITS PRO-3 SM5 SPU
6 P1 P2 FA FB FC FE FM ASR FS S2 SS2 FF FV F5 CF FST
ROAD RACING SUPPORT
We are adding a Time Trial (TT) to our April, June and August schedules. The TT is geared toward those who want to use their street cars (or track cars) in high speed, timed track sessions. Our April schedule will allow for three TT sessions on Saturday afternoon. Rules and schedule will be available early March on oregonscca.motorsportreg.com.
In an effort to keep our road racing program going, we will be asking our members for help. We have put together a sponsorship rate card that not only has many awesome benefits but helps our region tremendously. As a company or an individual, please consider sponsoring one or more of our road racing events. Thank you in advance for your support! (Link to: 2017 Sponsorship rate card)
Support race groups
We welcome and are excited to have support race groups during our road racing events. They make a big difference to our region financially and bring great people and great racing!
Formula Car Challenge (FCC) has been supporting the Oregon Region by attending one of our events for the last 7 years. We are looking forward to working with them at our May Super Tour event.
The NW Spec Miata Tour will join us for two events this year. We look forward to seeing them at our June and August events.
Great American Stockcar Series (GASS) has been supporting our region since 2013. GASS is back for our August Triple Regional event.
What an exciting line-up of races and competition! I am really looking forward to it. See you at the track!
Kristen Moore, Road Racing Director
IRVINE, Calif. (January 11, 2017) – Mazda Motorsports has earned the reputation for the most supportive company in grassroots road racing. Part of that reputation was earned by Mazda paying for performance, namely cash payout to club racers across the country. Total payouts to Mazda club racers for 2016 successes exceeded $1,000,000. This is in addition to the $1,300,000 Mazda awards to champions in the professional ranks in the Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda Road to 24.
For 2017, Mazda has made enhancements to the program after listening to their racers. This year, in many classes, the payments will go deeper into the pack. While a win at the SCCA Runoffs still earns $5,000, finishing in second, third, and—for the first time ever—fourth place and sometimes as deep as fifth, will earn a Mazda racer money back from Mazda.
It has been noted that racing is the intersection of sport, technology, and commerce. Without the commerce, there is no money to develop the technology that makes the sport thrive. It’s all about the numbers. To borrow a phrase from Marketplace Money, Let’s Do the Numbers for Mazda Motorsports:
Information on all of Mazda Motorsports, including complete details on the 2017 contingency program can be found online at www.mazdamotorsports.com.
Regional road racing contingency partners for 2017 include:
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Spec Miata)
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 2 tires2nd: 1 tire
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Cars & Classes)
(EP, FP, HP, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, T1, T3, T4, B-Spec, STU, STL, P1, P2, FA)
Divisional Champs - 1st: $7502nd: $4753rd: $2254th: $100
(Spec Miata, FM)
Divisional Champs: 1st: $5502nd: $3003rd: $1754th: $100
- MINI USA (Select Cars & Classes)
1st: $5002nd: $2503rd: $100
Divisional Champs: $1,250
- Toyota/TRD (Select Cars & Classes - including Scion)
It is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested. Be sure to check each requirement for each program by clicking here.